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Broadband Providers in Bristol

Broadband Providers available in Bristol include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and Vodafone. Bristol's fastest provider is Spectrum Internet, with a median speed of 218 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bristol is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Bristol in 2022 is 79 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 42 Mbps.

 

Bristol Broadband Statistics

Bristol has the best fibre access out of all major cities in the South West, and is among the 50 worst-off major cities in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 52% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 93% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Bristol's households.

Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Bristol postcodes like BS5, BS4, BS3, BS9, and BS6. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 42.28 Mbps median internet speed in Bristol, which is 15% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.

Bristol increased access to Gigabit speeds by 11 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Bath (gained 0.75 percentate points) and Plymouth (gained 0.47 percentate points).

 
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Broadband Providers

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Provider
Overall Performance
Customer Ratings
Virgin Media Logo
68 /100
5.30 /10
Virgin Media
Above average
Average
 
245,489 Speed Tests
1516 reviews
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Sky Broadband Logo
58 /100
5.20 /10
Sky Broadband
About average
Average
 
71,538 Speed Tests
883 reviews
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Vodafone Logo
59 /100
5.50 /10
Vodafone
About average
Average
 
57,692 Speed Tests
232 reviews
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BT Logo
69 /100
6.0 /10
BT
Above average
Average
 
43,547 Speed Tests
778 reviews
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TalkTalk Logo
52 /100
5.10 /10
TalkTalk
About average
Average
 
23,571 Speed Tests
379 reviews
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Plusnet Logo
55 /100
6.10 /10
Plusnet
About average
Average
 
10,336 Speed Tests
444 reviews
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EE Logo
58 /100
6.60 /10
EE
About average
Above Average
 
6,097 Speed Tests
396 reviews
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Hyperoptic Logo
97 /100
9.60 /10
Hyperoptic
Above average
Above Average
 
3,718 Speed Tests
48 reviews
Fastest median speed
 
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Spectrum Internet Logo
77 /100
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Spectrum Internet
Above average
 
2,063 Speed Tests
Too few reviews
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Shell Energy Logo
35 /100
5.0 /10
Shell Energy
Below average
Average
 
1,429 Speed Tests
55 reviews
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Broadband Network Infrastructure in Bristol

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Ofcom Fibre Access Analysis for Bristol

See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Bristol area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.

 1,000+ Mbps300+ Mbps30+ Mbps
202152.15%92.74%97.94%
202041.60%92.01%97.94%
201928.45%91.41%98.49%
20182.11%87.69%98.24%
20171.05%50.19%95.99%
20160.00%0.39%95.26%

Map of Bristol's Fibre Broadband Availability by Postcode

Gigabit Availability

52.15%

of people living in Bristol can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds

Ultrafast Speeds

92.74%

of Bristol residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service

Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband

97.94%

availability in Bristol

Poor Broadband Speeds

1.75%

of Bristol is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps

Bristol Broadband Speeds Report

Average Broadband Speeds in Bristol

YearBristol AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201825.1 Mbps26.27 Mbps4.45% Slower
201931.98 Mbps30.63 Mbps4.41% Faster
2020107.44 Mbps80.31 Mbps33.78% Faster
202178.5 Mbps66.05 Mbps18.85% Faster

Bristol Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBristolUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps24.23%19.92%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps26.28%25.74%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps18.81%25.20%
Good: 60-80 Mbps7.68%10.20%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps18.86%15.33%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps4.15%3.60%

How Bristol Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
Greater London5794.21 Mbps33.02—95.86 Mbps45.54 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 Mbps-
Birmingham941.32 Mbps29.29—107 Mbps38.47 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps25.52—89.6 Mbps34.58 MbpsSlower
Nottingham2371.49 Mbps16.2—40.46 Mbps19.1 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.73—68.81 Mbps32.06 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps20.58—71.34 Mbps32 MbpsSlower
Leicester935.89 Mbps27.45—99.24 Mbps37 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh874.24 Mbps29.96—107.47 Mbps38.02 MbpsSlower

Bristol Broadband Speeds Over Time

We class broadband speed distributions as follows: very slow under 10 Mbps; slow 10-30 Mbps; adequate 30-60 Mbps; good 60-80 Mbps; fast 80-300 Mbps; very fast over 300 Mbps.

How Bristol Compares for Internet Speed in Bristol

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Bristol943.13 Mbps30.35—109.9 Mbps42.28 Mbps-

Bristol Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Bristol testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bristol ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bristol resident's final test is 10% faster than their starting download speed, we count that as a succesful and faster speed test result. We count an unsuccessful, slower result if the final result is 10% slower than the starting result; we'd hope their ISP contacts them ASAP! For broadband speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Bristol's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 43.54% were fast, 25.9% slow, and 30.57% broadly the same.

Most Recent Tests

ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
EE18 Jan 2022 23:11:38249 secs7.19 Mbps7.5 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:37:0324 mins175.77 Mbps184.48 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:39:30259 secs44.26 Mbps3.35 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 22:02:38910 mins107.29 Mbps23.58 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:49:43222 mins20.44 Mbps7.4 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:20:26934 mins9.57 Mbps93.74 MbpsImproved
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 21:28:35224 mins65.79 Mbps57.48 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:25:08316 mins359.14 Mbps356.5 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:38:53223 secs5.55 Mbps8.9 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:36:13343 secs183.18 Mbps192.11 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:30:2233 mins933.07 Mbps930.12 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:06:36224 mins53.38 Mbps187.06 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:23:05262 secs72.42 Mbps86.46 MbpsImproved
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 21:18:2035 mins5.97 Mbps7.53 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:14:0538 mins21.23 Mbps28.94 MbpsImproved
Plusnet18 Jan 2022 21:12:5626 mins5.73 Mbps6.11 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone18 Jan 2022 21:18:51228 secs36.89 Mbps36.78 Mbps
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:17:44237 secs156.34 Mbps184 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 20:56:29821 mins197.9 Mbps176.43 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media18 Jan 2022 21:14:4233 mins500.13 Mbps500.27 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bristol

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1FibreNest478.24 Mbps118.7—448.33 Mbps
2Spectrum Internet935.13 Mbps190.37—242.07 Mbps
3Glide941.78 Mbps57.34—237.61 Mbps
4Hyperoptic903.45 Mbps59.96—235.67 Mbps
5Virgin Media943.13 Mbps45.5—175.77 Mbps
6CIX741.34 Mbps23.46—124.09 Mbps
7BT940.39 Mbps34.41—101.58 Mbps
8Gigaclear315.1 Mbps46.94—99.96 Mbps
9Zen Internet893.71 Mbps39.48—93.26 Mbps
10Vodafone938.56 Mbps29.95—66.78 Mbps
11Independent Fibre Networks363.53 Mbps36.07—84.97 Mbps
12TrueSpeed Communications198.81 Mbps14.21—80.44 Mbps
13EE884.01 Mbps14.63—56.18 Mbps
14TalkTalk704.37 Mbps21.34—50.99 Mbps
15KCOM892.7 Mbps6.85—54.44 Mbps
16iDNET60.58 Mbps20.63—50.53 Mbps
17Sky Broadband510.87 Mbps14.37—51.25 Mbps
18Andrews & Arnold39.82 Mbps13.14—31.28 Mbps
19Plusnet74.73 Mbps10.23—35.33 Mbps
20Gradwell43.14 Mbps1.44—8.1 Mbps
21Shell Energy73.71 Mbps6.99—23.87 Mbps

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Bristol

How many broadband providers in Bristol are there?

Bristol has 21 ISPs tested by its 463,405 residents.

Who is the fastest broadband provider in Bristol?

Spectrum Internet is the fastest broadband provider in Bristol with 935.13 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 190.37—242.07 Mbps.

Who is the best internet provider in Bristol?

The best internet provider in Bristol is FibreNest, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 118.7 to 448.33 Mbps.

What is the average internet speed in Bristol?

Users in Bristol see an average internet speed of 30.35 up to 400 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 943.13 Mbps.

Is Virgin Media available in Bristol?

Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 943.13 Mbps.

Is Sky Broadband available in Bristol?

Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 510.87 Mbps.

Is Vodafone available in Bristol?

Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 938.56 Mbps.

Is BT full fibre available in Bristol?

Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 6074 of Bristol's postcodes.

Who is the most popular broadband provider in Bristol?

The broadband provider with the most users in Bristol is Virgin Media.

Author: Thomas Buck

Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper

Published: 10 Nov 2019

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022

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